THE LOT - La Jolla

4.4
288 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
THE LOT is San Diego's luxury cinema and dining destination. A high energy social hub for craft coffee, artisan pastries, elevated cuisine, premium spirits and sophisticated wines.

We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in our restaurant, patios, or in-theater. We serve brunch on weekends and host multiple events for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

THE LOT was established in 2015 and was inspired by and created for this neighborhood and honors the sea, art, culture, food, music, weather, and the people that make La Jolla so singular and inspiring. Customizing and creating the ultimate entertainment and lifestyle experience is our obsession and we're excited to share this curated experience with you.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Weekday Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Weekend Lunch
Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(858) 777-0069
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Richman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kline Street
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Parking details
Valet available. Validated parking, free for up to 4 hours - off Fay Avenue.
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Public transit
Fay and Pearl MTS bus stop
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Entertainment
If you are looking for a mix of relaxation, leisure, craft cocktails, locally sourced coffees, sustainable and elevated cuisine and the latest blockbuster movies and independent films, we’ve got what you are looking for at THE LOT — La Jolla’s destination for an epic entertainment and lifestyle experience like no other.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Xochitl Cerda @ xochitl@thelotent.com for reservations of party sizes that exceed 15 Guests.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

THE LOT has all you need to host a perfect party. Gather around appetizers on the outdoor patio, or have drinks at the bar and then invite your guests to stay for a movie. Before your corporate event, you can have presentations on our screens. Groups of 8 or more should contact the restaurant di

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What 288 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We were seated right away as per our reservation, but did not have a waiter for 20 minutes (not even wate ...). We complained and were assigned a different waiter. Our drinks came 10 minutes after, but we waited for 45 minutes for our food to come (3 flat breads & 1 pasta), at which point we found out one of the foods (pasta) were wrong and had to be remade. Add an additional 10 minutes. We had to catch a movie, so after we said we want to cancel the wrong food, the waiter kindly brought the food to us before we entered the theater and was very apologetic, which we appreciated very much.
At that point the mood of the night had already been ruined, which was a shame since we were celebrating such important and special occasions (birthday & parent’s wedding anniversary).

I always had great experiences at this place which is why I suggested to my in-laws to come here. As nice, kind, and apologetic as our waiter was, I will not be back to this place for dine in, especially not with a group, and especially not for special occasions.

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l
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We've been coming to The LOT about every 6 weeks since it opened. But we are done for now. We have experienced 3 poor meals in a row over the last several months and this last Saturday was the final straw. 3 bowls of Tortilla soup took over 35 minutes to arrive and was not up to par, just warm and not hot, missing the avocado which normally makes it tasty. The House Salad with chicken was basically greens, tomatoes, some carrot shavings and chicken that looked like it came from a box (if that is even possible), and also missing key ingredients. No vinaigrette available, so we had do-it-yourself oil and vinegar on the salad, which we could manage. The food was below average and the service slow. They dropped the salad from the bill, but a smaller check doesn't equal a satisfying meal. We are going to have to go elsewhere before the movie from now on. Bummer.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed listening to the music of Roman Palacios & band

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DB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Impressive space with indoor and outdoor options. We chose inside because there was a live band on the patio and would have been impossible to have a conversation. Catch of the day was yellow fin tuna and was very good; however the paella was disappointing and overpriced for a couple of shrimp and five measly mussels. Service was so-so.

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Beauriful venue +state of the art architecture+ movies+ Great bar scene+ outdoir seating with heaters + Live music+parking

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for the music. Roman was fantastic as always! We will be back. Love the venue outside

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Flamenco night was amazing! The food was incredible. The sangria was so delicious and I can’t wait for the next time they do flamenco night because I want to go again!

What made the night was the live music. The band was great! They played some great songs and they invited the audience to go up to dance. It was such a festive night. Thank you to all who coordinated this event!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The Lot cancelled my reservation because I wouldn’t give a stranger my credit card number over the phone.

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DZ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sincerely enjoyed the Flamenco event. Food was great and my out of town friend was impressed.

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MJ
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Service is always terrible here.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They gave my reservation away!!! Yet open table said i was “dining”

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g
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere of The Lot is pleasant and the food was quite good, however, the music is always too loud. It was impossible to hear the voices of our friends across the table and this is a repeated experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is no reason why the music has to be at a level where diners cannot have an enjoyable experience where all can talk in a normal tone. They do have Taco Tuesday / Salsa night, which I understand is very popular, however, for other days, reducing the volume of the music would certainly help bring in more customers.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere & delicious food Don’t miss The Brunch! It’s fabulous & see a movie afterwards!

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e
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I be been avoiding the LOT because of the loud music all day long. They have a new manager now who listens to the customers- the service has improved as well as the music volume. You can finally enjoy the ambiance of the LOT without blasting music!
Hope they expand their menu and offer more choices of salads.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed Sunday dinner while listening to opera singer Roman Palacios

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L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It is a great location for the movie going and local stop. We planned on a dinner movie night for the family. After arriving it was 15 minutes before I had to get up and ask for someone to come to get orders. When the waiter arrived he has abrupt to the point of being rude. The food was decent, not great. Later in the evening, the music was great. Overall, we will not come back for movie dinner but maybe for drinks and snacks for music but will look for other options in LJ.

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T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Tuesdays are a blast. We weren’t too happy when they turned the music way UP at one point... but the taco bar is highest quality and we will be regulars!

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LH
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Review for restaurant...
Unbeknownst to us we made reservations for Salsa Tuesday, but we still had a great time. Our reserved table was unfortunately adjacent to the speakers and since we wanted to hear one another and not blow an ear drum we opted to sit in the bar area. A high top table suited us just fine. We were given water and menus immediately and the All-You-Can-Eat Taco Bar was explained to us. Although we opted to skip the taco bar (we were short on time to make our movie), we really enjoyed watching people salsa dance and the music was spectacular. Upon finding out we could order food and drink and take them with us into the movie we were thrilled. We split the Ahi Tartare while I got a glass of the Prosecco, she got a Blueberry Lemonade (sans alcohol = nursing mama). The Ahi was amazing, like incredible! The fresh Ahi paired with the fresh avocado and ponzu, was light and refreshing. In hindsight we would have each gotten one and skipped the flatbread we ordered in the theatre. The Prosecco made me wish I'd Uber'd to the theatre so I could have enjoyed another glass.
Our waitress was so kind and offered great menu suggestions. The ambiance was refreshing and filled with voices and music, but the open concept still allowed for conversation without yelling. The menu had a lot to offer everyone - veggie, gluten free, meat eater, starving, browsing, just a nibble, etc.
I would definitely recommend The Lot La Jolla and STRONGLY suggest making reservations via OpenTable before you show up or expect to wait a while.

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EJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, great live music. A true Paradise!

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BG
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place to have my friends Baby shower over the weekend. The staff was EXTREMELY accommodating!! It was a very hot day, and there wasn’t much breeze, so we were all very hot, but that’s not the LOT’s fault. It just happened to be a hot day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiente maravilloso, comida deliciosa y excelente servicio.
Un poco caro pero disfrutamos mucho.

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QK
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow! So happy to have discovered this place on my 15th visit to SD. Wish we’d known about it before. Had an amazing meal with our twin boys aged ten, then saw Skyscraper.

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GF
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I will never go back. The restaurant is open air which is nice. The staff was attentive and friendly. Unfortunately the food was not good at all. My daughter an I ordered the penne pomadoro, it tasted like they used jar sauce. No flavor at all. No bread or other accompaniment. My son son got the salmon, the portion was small and while I get it it's seafood...it stunk badly. Horrible. Prices were high and not worth it. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Take a fun group and you will have a blast. Great venue. Taco Tuesday , really good taco bar and cool band, dancing, fun. Great special events and the best movie theaters anywhere.

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DA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food. It was a super hot day, and for some reason, they had all the windows open, A/C off and no moving air.

The servers could not explain why it was so hot and would not do anything to correct the situation.

The restaurant was still well over 80 degrees when we left. No fun

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place!!

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TC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Server started out strong then disappeared after the appetizer course was place on the table. We actually completed eating that course before he returned to take our main course order. One of our guests had to ask three times to get water refilled (which finally happened as the credit cards were being returned to the table and we were getting up to leave). Hoping this was an off night. We only give one more try before deciding never to return and to actively discourage friends from visiting. Disappointed but hopeful as the venue is stellar. Two of the courses (paella and margarita flatbread) had little to no flavor and with no server in sight we never got an opportunity to comment or give the restaurant a chance to offer a better option. Final plates were removed from the table without giving guests a chance to request leftovers be taken with them. All in all lots of room for improvement/training.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

This is a great place to eat, and the food is really good. However, I'm very disappointed about the service.

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RW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed watching the Germany vs Sweden Wold Cup 2018 game at The Lot while eating lunch. The crowd was nice, the ambiance perfect, and the big screen TV's on the wall were placed very well so everyone could see the game. We ordered chicken sandwiches with fries which tasted very good and the waiter was kind enough to bring us mayo for our fries in addition to ketchup. We then followed our lunch with a nice coffee and headed home after the game was over. We will definitely be coming here again for another lunch/game day.

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M
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Service is always terrible and the manage,ent doesn’t care

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We were so happy to be able to walk in and have a beautiful brunch in the lovely restaurant. The quality of the food was top-notch, unfortunately all of it was cold. The breezeway where it is set up has a constant draft so perhaps moving the buffet setup some where warmer so the food and coffee and tea aren’t all cold. It was a very poor value overall, and we will be back only to watch movies. The kitchen staff was nice enough to remake the pancakes and bring fresh coffee, but it took about 10 minutes to get the attention of the waiter. It does appear they need to hire more staff and think about logistics of a buffet better.

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DG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We were ignored for first 15 min after we sat down. The host tried his best to not make us feel neglected. He checked on us throughout the night. Not sure if they were short staffed or not. Restaurant was 2/3 empty when we sat down.
Food was tasty (Brussels sprouts, flatbread pizza) and vibe was good.
Would like to come back with a group next time. Outdoor seating was awesome.

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R
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Breakfast is the best meal of the day at The Lot. The food is good the atmosphere outstanding and best of all they will take reservations. I like the Lot for anytime of day but more value in every way in breakfast

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GR
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were treated like VIP’s for a birthday with complimentary dessert and 2 movie passes!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very helpful

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolute perfection at the Mother’s Day brunch

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TM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Mothers Day Brunch was a zoo. Pretty weak presentation for $50pp. Zero service. Never got a plate cleared in two hours. Had to beg for a bill that ended up being $300 for 2 adults & two kids. Never again!

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AN
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We went here for Mother's Day Brunch & sat on the patio area. We had Open Table reservations & got seated quickly. There was an omelet station & crepe station, plus other hot foods, salads, deserts. However, for $50 there wasn't prime rib or roast beef station. There was salmon & chicken (needed a sauce). The brunch was small but moved quickly. There were $5 bottomless mimosas which was a great deal. Service was attentive. The music was not too loud which is a good thing. Nice atmosphere. This place actually is attached to a movie theater so this is a nice entertainment venue.

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